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Default Hemet, CA negro receives 230-year sentence after raping, impregnating girlfriend's teen daughter


Hemet man receives 230-year sentence after raping girlfriend's teen daughter; county had years of reports
Updated 10:45 a.m. PT Aug. 9, 2019

Deon Austin Welch of Hemet was sentenced Friday to 230 years in prison for years of rape and sexual abuse he committed against the juvenile daughter of his girlfriend, which resulted in the victim giving birth at age 13 to Welch's child. The birth occurred years after rape allegations were first reported to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services.

On June 24, Welch was convicted of 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one enhancement of bodily injury with sex offense, because of the victim's pregnancy.

Welch, 30, was arrested in Redlands by the Hemet Police Department on March 17, 2017, years after the girl had reported to a family friend that he had repeatedly raped her, and after DNA tests determined he fathered the child she birthed in 2016. Welch was charged with 21 counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of committing multiple lewd acts with a child.

Riverside County agreed to pay the victim a $10 million settlement to drop her civil suit against the county for the Department of Public Social S
ervices' failures to properly investigate the rape and other abuse.

Oswill told the jury during Welch's trial in June that the victim felt trapped after first reporting being raped when she was 11 years old to a family friend. She was not taken seriously, Oswill said, and so she lost faith that the system was able to help her.
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